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Staff Sgt. Benito Aranda, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, talks to a 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot before takeoff April 26, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The maintainers and pilots of the 388th Fighter Wing deployed together for the first Air Force’s first Middle East deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)
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